Neither paper nor plastic offer a green solution for getting the groceries home. Reusable bags are really the way to go.
Jennifer, a reader, emailed in to tell us about these Reisenthal bags for Reusablebags.com. "They are small enough to keep in my purse at all times, so I always have two reusable shopping bags with me," she said. For those of not up to the floral print, there's also a collection of solid colors.
What's cool is that these bags stay in their own small zippered pouch, waiting to be unfurled next time you happen to hit a Greenmarket. Remembering to bring reusable bags along is, of course, the hardest part, but if we always have the bag with us, we can't forget.
This quirky comment from Treehugger might be enough to jog our memory into bringing bags along with us: "The Russians call them 'perhaps bags' because they'd carry around little mesh bags that take no room in their pocket, in the event they perhaps encounter some fresh produce or other scarce commodity, that they could snatch up and carry home."
Are plastic bags on the way out? San Francisco has outlawed the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags by large retailers and Ikea is now charging five cents for their plastic bags, reports The New York Times.
(Thanks for the tip, Jennifer)